Manchester United have locked their attention on Jadon Sancho after securing Champions League qualification, with reports in Germany claiming the Premier League side have opened up with an £89million bid.
United completed a spectacular turnaround on Sunday after a miserable first half of the season, beating Leicester 2-0 to claim third spot and ensure they will be far more attractive to potential signings this summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been strongly liked to Sancho, with Old Trafford understood to be the Londoner’s dream move.
Dortmund have turned down United’s first approach, according to Bild, with the English giants preparing another offer to tempt them into relaxing their £109m demands.
Sancho has been at Dortmund since signing from Manchester City in 2017 for a fee in the region of £8m.
The Bundesliga runners-up reportedly have no interest in lowering their asking price despite the harsh impact of coronavirus football’s finances.
Sancho is set for a return to training on Thursday as Dortmund prepare for next season hoping to challenge Bayern Munich after the dominant Bavarians stormed to the 2019-20 title.
Sancho’s exit would be a blow to that ambition, with the forward contributing a stunning 20 goals and 20 assists in 44 games during what is expected to be his final season in Germany.
Dortmund have already been putting their expert scouts to work on finding a replacement, with Bild adding that Jonathan Ikone of Lille is a potential target.
Lille’s reputation as a talent factory is proven, having produced the likes of Eden Hazard, Benjamin Pavard and Frank Ribery from their youth ranks.
Former Chelsea prospect and Sassuolo forward Jeremie Boga is another option, with Dortmund keen to continue their familiar conveyor-belt model by signing youngsters on the cheap.